Frequently Asked Questions

What is an intervention?

An intervention is a step-by-step, rehearsed process whereby significant others confront the addict about his/her addiction and need for immediate treatment. Significant others meet with the therapist for an assessment and to guide the process. The interventionist provides psycho-education about addiction and codepende....

Why is building rapport the primary objective during an initial encounter?

Intimacy begins with rapport. Rapport occurs when two people are engaged in conversation. They are listening and responding freely and spontaneously, neither self-monitoring nor anticipating what is going to happen next, but rather existing totally in the moment. It’s a natural unfolding process untainted....

To what extent does stigma still affect the perception of the addict?

A stigma is a visible or known attribute that relegates a person to a substandard or less desirable category of people. Addiction may be either visible or invisible, depending on how much visual deterioration has set in. The person is labeled as defective and is subsequently branded an out....

How do we tell whether someone is addicted or not?

It is a relatively simple to diagnose addiction or to know when one’s addiction related activities are problematic. When there are objective, irrefutable indications, including the amount of time and energy spent acquiring a substance, thinking about the substance, getting high, being high, etc. – in other ....

Why do some people get addicted while others do not?

Evidence suggests a strong correlation with genetics – a history of addiction in one’s family of origin or prior generations ¬– and/or biochemical factors (a chemical reaction in the brain that brings about extraordinary relief and strong cravings). However, the number of exceptions makes us wonder wh....

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About Daniel Linder, MFT

Daniel Linder

Relationships. I was born with a keen sense about relationships, was always assessing how close and intimate people are with each other. I had a knack for relationships. The importance of relationships cuts to the core of who I am. The combination of clinical training, 25 years of professional experience treating dysfunctional, non-intimate couples and families, as well as rigorous self analysis has given me a lot to work with. I put what seemed to come naturally to me under a microscope in an effort to break the process of building healthy relationships down to concrete essentials: Understanding of Basic Principles, Communication Skills, Self-realization and Intimacy.


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